Category Archives: awareness

Sweeping Up

In Twelve Step groups there’s a saying, “Sweep your own sidewalk.” Which essentially means work on your own problems, not someone else’s.  Seems much more common to see people pointing fingers, especially with elections gearing up.  A regular practice of … Continue reading

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The Gift of Presence

I’m taking on a new challenge this week: to stop every time I get in my car and be fully present for the next 30 seconds. The goal is simply to encourage being present to the moment. Kris Kile, the … Continue reading

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In the way

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” — Margaret Thatcher This quote from Margaret Thatcher, though probably said in jest, is often closer to the truth for me than I’d like to admit.   I … Continue reading

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Beauty from ashes

The third on the list of ways we might live out the resurrection (from author Richard Rohr) is “Undo your mistakes by some positive action towards the offended person or situation.” I’m not sure it’s possible to “undo” our mistakes. … Continue reading

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A Plague of Grackles

We are suffering a plague of grackles.  I only meant to feed songbirds and sparrows, but first one grackle showed up, and then another. Soon a whole gang of them flew in and took over, chasing away the other birds, … Continue reading

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There’s More

Today no one would doubt that it’s Spring, even here in New England.  Nothing is budding yet, but it’s sunny and 70, and you can see a hint of leaf buds on the trees.  When it was sleeting last week, … Continue reading

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A River Runs Through

Fourth Thursday The important thing, no matter what form of prayer we use, is to respond in faith to God’s presence. Sometimes I’m so aware of his presence and love it makes me weep with gratitude.  Other days it is … Continue reading

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